2013 Volkswagen Beetle Consumer Reviews

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle
4.5
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This Is Not Your Wife's Beetle

by from Springfield, MO on December 7, 2012

Talk about an upgrade! My wife owned a 2002 Beetle and the 2013 blows it away! Sporty, fast, handles great and the technology is very advanced. All for less than 30K! Fun, Fun, Fun to drive...and you ...
Talk about an upgrade! My wife owned a 2002 Beetle and the 2013 blows it away! Sporty, fast, handles great and the technology is very advanced. All for less than 30K! Fun, Fun, Fun to drive...and you don't have to get the Turbo for it to be fast. Inline 5 cyl has 170hp.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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awesome car

by from New Orleans , LA on January 4, 2013

I bought my 2013 black vw beetle 2.5 in november and put 6000 miles on it. the only problem i have is keeping it clean. i average about 28 mpg city and 34 highway. I had a 2003 beetle before and i not...
I bought my 2013 black vw beetle 2.5 in november and put 6000 miles on it. the only problem i have is keeping it clean. i average about 28 mpg city and 34 highway. I had a 2003 beetle before and i notice the design is better like the dash board isn't as huge and the plastic in the 2013 beetle will last much longer than the 2003 beetle. so i give the 2013 beetle 2 thumbs up.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Great Car but can't use in winter

by from Rhode Island on January 24, 2014

We bought our 2013 Yellow TDI in March 2013. Loved the TDI, great mileage(35 in a average week), great toque, handled well. Then winter came to Rhode Island, now the windows won't drop so the car door...
We bought our 2013 Yellow TDI in March 2013. Loved the TDI, great mileage(35 in a average week), great toque, handled well. Then winter came to Rhode Island, now the windows won't drop so the car doors can be opened. We took it to four dealers and first 3 had same problem as us. They could not get windows to drop when remote unlock was pressed or door handle touched to unlock the door. We called VW America and they said there is no fix just "...do not use it when the weather is cold..." The last dealer we took it too said it worked fine ( in RI you need 4 dealers to be unable to fix it before you can file a lemon law claim). We are very concerned with the reliability of a car that operates the window every time you open and close the door, not to mention be stranded out some where on a cold night when you window won't go down so you can open your car door! By the way one dealer said they tried all the 2013 Beetles and EOSs on the lot one cold morning and none would open...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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FROOZEN

by from ontario on January 2, 2016

I love the car but you can't get into the car in the winter. The windows freeze up preventing you from opening up the door to drive it. There is no solution which is unfortunate. If you live anywhere ...
I love the car but you can't get into the car in the winter. The windows freeze up preventing you from opening up the door to drive it. There is no solution which is unfortunate. If you live anywhere that can drop below zero degrees DON"T BUY THIS CAR!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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have more fun driving my vw convert than any car .

by from venice fl on March 23, 2013

74 years old, 6'6" and weigh 270#. I get lots of looks and questions . Lots more room than it looks like. Last car that I will buy.
74 years old, 6'6" and weigh 270#. I get lots of looks and questions . Lots more room than it looks like. Last car that I will buy.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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One great car!

by from Fort Worth, Texas on December 20, 2012

This Beetle has great power with the automatic transmission. Handles great and plenty of headroom and overall just a fun car to drive whether for work or play. If you drive one I think you would buy o...
This Beetle has great power with the automatic transmission. Handles great and plenty of headroom and overall just a fun car to drive whether for work or play. If you drive one I think you would buy one. The best deal for the money!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Fun driving with TDI convertible 6 speed manual

by from NJ on April 10, 2014

I have the TDI convertible with 6 speed manual transmission. After 10,000 I have had no major problems, it continues to run very well. The only problems I have experienced: 1) The auto windows getting...
I have the TDI convertible with 6 speed manual transmission. After 10,000 I have had no major problems, it continues to run very well. The only problems I have experienced: 1) The auto windows getting stuck. The windows automatically go down a 1/2 inch when you go to open the door. When the temp first dropped below freezing and there was frost, these would freeze and you couldn't open the doors, then you'd have to reset the power windows. The dealer sprayed some silicon lube on the window seals and that seems to take care of it. But probably need to do that before every cold season. 2) Rear visibility is poor. I knew this going in, you have to be very careful backing out of the driveway, parking spots, changing lanes. Rely more on the side mirrors, and I'm considering an after market reverse camera. 3)There are a few more small paint chips on the hood than I would expect after 8 months and 10,000 miles. Could be all the salt during a harsh winter getting thrown off the road, but I'm keeping an eye on it. Otherwise it is a fun car to drive, but more fun in the warm weather with the top down. The top drops ridiculously fast, I even "raced" the top against a friend's BMW 1 series convertible, and it was much faster. You can put it down while moving up to 30mph too which is nice. Never had a car with Bluetooth either, that is a feature I'm hooked on. Initial acceleration is pretty good, mileage is up around 45mpg on the highway. As a guy, I'm getting less people making fun of it and more people liking it than I expected too.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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I LIKE IT!

by from Hartford, CT on January 28, 2016

I'd been looking for a car on and off for more than 6 months. What should I buy? What would be both reliable and fun to drive? (Previously I'd owned a 2002 Audi TT convertible, where I'd come to feel...
I'd been looking for a car on and off for more than 6 months. What should I buy? What would be both reliable and fun to drive? (Previously I'd owned a 2002 Audi TT convertible, where I'd come to feel like I was burning hundred dollar bills, since it kept breaking down.) So far, my new red 2013 red VW beetle has been a dream come true. It handles well and feels sporty, with a moonroof, good sound, and navigation. I smile when I see it. And it smiles back.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Beetle cutie

by from Seattle Wa on January 26, 2014

Live my new beetle convertible. The navigation, Bluetooth features are great. Top is one button operation to put up or down. The styling is awesome and it has a nice little pickup when you step on the...
Live my new beetle convertible. The navigation, Bluetooth features are great. Top is one button operation to put up or down. The styling is awesome and it has a nice little pickup when you step on the gas. I also like the keyless entry. Fun to drive. Only design flaw is when it rains and you open the trunk, water goes right inside. Poor design on that part.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Reliable car but windows freeze/doors won't open

by from New Hampshire on March 15, 2014

Purchased a 2013 Beetle in Spring of 2013 (not a convertible). Enjoyed driving it all summer and into the fall. Then winter came and the aggravation started. Pros: style, fun to drive, Bluetooth capab...
Purchased a 2013 Beetle in Spring of 2013 (not a convertible). Enjoyed driving it all summer and into the fall. Then winter came and the aggravation started. Pros: style, fun to drive, Bluetooth capability, love the interior and lighting, awesome to drive on snowy and slushy roads - this car was unstoppable even on the worse roads this past winter. Cons: windows frequently freeze shut and you can't open the doors! Very poor design here as the window has to drop down so the door opens. I've literally had to force the door open by pulling the window out of the track; but then I'm unable to close the door as the frozen window hits the track that it's supposed to automatically slide back into. I've found that you can close the door to the point that it partially latches though. On most days, after driving about 10 miles with the heat on high and the vent pointing toward the window, enough melting occurs so the window works again. Not the best solution, but there are no other options I'm aware of except having a winter car without this ridiculous design feature and only using the Beetle in the warmer months.
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Does recommend this car

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